Alan Pickersgill retired from the regularly paid workforce in July 2015. Before then, he worked as a community coordinator for two housing co-ops in Guelph, but not at the same time. He has also worked as a communications director, a workplace health and safety training developer, and a maintenance mechanic millwright. For most of his working life he has belonged to a union. In various jobs he belonged to the United Electrical Workers (UE); the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE); The United Auto Workers (UAW); the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW); and the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU). Alan is a member of the New Democratic Party of Canada and an advocate for peace, social justice, democracy and socialism. His interests are in writing about political affairs, photographing the world around him and playing Scrabble and darts.